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RAAF Meteorological Service



Chapter 1: The Weather Factor in Warfare

Chapter 2: Establishing and Developing the RAAF Directorate of Met. Services (D.Met.S)

Chapter 3: Recruiting and Training of Personnel

Chapter 4: Meteorology in Aviation

Chapter 5: The Met. Retreating

Chapter 6: The Met. Advancing

Chapter 7: The Met With the Army and the Navy
With the Army
With The Navy

Chapter 8: Divisional Offices of the Bureau of Meteorology During the War

Chapter 9: Research and Instrumental Development

Chapter 10: The End, Aftermath, and Beyond

Appendix 1

Appendix 2

Appendix 3

Appendix 4



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Chapter 7: The Met With the Army and the Navy

With the Army

On 27 November 1940, a conference attended by representatives of the Army, RAAF and Commonwealth Meteorological Service was held in Melbourne. The report of this conference indicated that the meteorological requirements of the Navy had been completed in all respects; and also, 'that there had been no curtailment of meteorological services at civil aviation stations'. [79] The main business of the conference was to plan the formation of a Mobile Meteorological Squadron to meet the needs of the Army.

Originally it was intended that the Squadron would consist of five mobile meteorological flights (MMF), one to be located in each of the States of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia. Ultimately, six flights were formed, and their subsequent disposition was influenced by the onset of the Japanese and the development of World War II in the Pacific area.

The functions of the MMF were set out as follows:

  1. General advising and forecasting of the weather in the strategical area in which each flight was located;

  2. Issuing of special forecasts for special movements and operations in the area;

  3. Provision of regular information as to terrain conditions—covering rainfall, river heights, winds, visibility, clouds, temperature and barometric pressure;

  4. Regular issue of 'meteors' for all types of artillery;

  5. During periods of inactivity, the meteorological flight would be engaged in climatological studies for the information of intelligence for troop and transport movements that might become necessary. [80]

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Joyce, J. 1993 'The Story of the RAAF Meteorological Service', Metarch Papers, No. 5 October 1993, Bureau of Meteorology

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